What’s your favourite Manchester derby moment?

by Online Community Manager ‎2017-08-10 05:06 PM
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10th Aug 2017, 5:06pm

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If you’re a massive United or City fan, tell us about your favourite Manchester derby match and why it is your favourite in the comments below. It could be anything – the best goal, save, crowd moment – it’s up to you. We’ll choose our favourite comments to feature in a future blog post on Yes Crowd.


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by Occasional Visitor SJD1
‎2017-08-15 04:26 PM

As a United fan there are many derby moments which have lingered in the memory. Rashford’s debut derby goal at the Etihad stadium (sitting Demichelis on his backside in doing so), Van Persie’s late free kick winner and Owen’s last minute goal to win 4-3 at Old Trafford are a few that spring to mind.

However the derby moment which I will always recall as my favourite is Wayne Rooney’s spectacular overhead kick in February 2011 to win the match 2-1.

During the initial stages of the 2010/11 Premier League season serious questions lingered over Manchester United. Chelsea were the defending champions and Wayne Rooney had strained his relationship with the gaffer and the OT faithful by publicly questioning the ambition of United.

Coming into the game against City at OT, United were top of the pops with Arsenal and City hot on their heels, particularly after a shock loss to Wolves the week prior. A loss in this game would bring Arsenal within striking distance, a win would maintain a buffer between United and the chasing pack.

In truth the game itself was a cagey affair. Nani opened the scoring before Silva equalised for City. In the second half the game was then lit up by a moment of sheer genius. Nani floated a cross in from the right wing towards the penalty spot. The cross was slightly behind Rooney, however he adjusted his body beautifully to acrobatically make his right foot connect sweetly with the ball, sending it past a helpless Joe Hart in goal. Once he’d scored he raced to the corner flag and immediately turned his back to the ground and triumphantly tilted his head back and outstretched his arms. I will always remember Martin Tyler’s words accompanying that goal- “ROONEY! It defied description! How about sensational? How about superb?”.

The goal was worthy to win any derby match as United never surrendered their 2-1 lead and as the match ended their lead over Arsenal was intact. However this goal symbolised much more than just 3 points.

Winning the derby match set up United to win the 2010/11 Premier League title which saw them overhaul and surpass Liverpool’s 18 Premier League titles. On a personal level, the spectacular Rooney goal was symbolic of a rekindling of the relationship between player and fan which had become strained earlier in the season. A chuffed Rooney reflected post match that the goal was the best he’d ever scored (usurping some other United crackers he’d scored- see goal against Newcastle) and to this day probably remains so.

by Content Editor LucyS
‎2017-08-15 04:39 PM

Everton fan over here BUT still going to throw my 2 cents in. Smiley LOL


My favourite Manchester derby moment was the first one of the 2011/12 season where Mario Balotelli unveiled that famous “Why always me” t-shirt after scoring. After the first half it all went downhill for United and they lost 6-1 with City scoring 5 goals in the final 30 mins. Ouch (sorry @SJD1)!

by New Contributor BRT-HAAD
‎2017-08-16 03:40 PM

Its gotta be the December 2012 derby for me. Rooney had scored twop goals already for us but then Yaya Toure and Zabaleta both scored to equalise for City. FINALLY the great van Persie scored a stoppage-time free kick to give us the win!!! P.s. We won the title that year btw.

by New Member Troy_2
‎2017-08-16 04:04 PM

Lots to choose from but ultimately agree with @SJD1, Rooney’s bicycle kick in the Feb 2011 match was just suberb. The match was going to be a draw until he stepped in to slot that one past a powerless Joe Hart. Rooney himself said he wasn’t having the best game so he just thought “I’ll go for it”. Wish him well at Everton, will be interesting to see how he goes back at his boyhood club.

by Occasional Contributor MarkW
‎2017-08-16 04:17 PM

2002-3 derby - City won 3-1. We were the underdogs but there was a feeling inside the ground that no matter what United threw at us, we could handle it. Anelka scored the first goal within 5 mins then United equalised shortly after. We made it 2-1 in the 25th minute after Goater took the ball from a dithering Phil Neville and scored his 99th goal for us. Five mins into the second half, Goater scored his 100th goal!

by Content Editor AlistarS
‎2017-08-16 04:32 PM

As a young teenager I was a huge Manchester United fan growing up, watching Premier League recaps on Sunday afternoons. One of my most favourite and recent derby moments was the 2015-16 derby that delivered a classic match at Old Trafford with an unsuspected local hero.

18-year-old Marcus Rashford who was born and raised in Manchester was called to lead the front line for United. In his first senior Manchester Derby, Rashford didn't have trouble finding his feet, slotting the ball past Joe Hart in the 15th minute scoring the decisive goal giving United a much-needed win and becoming a local hero.

by Visitor dirkadirka
‎2017-08-24 03:56 PM

For me, it has to be Rooney's bicycle kick. The ball came in slightly behind him and he just had to improvise. Magical

by Visitor Dom21
‎2017-08-24 04:01 PM

THREE magical words. "Why always me?" 

by New Contributor Scallywag
‎2017-08-24 04:45 PM

Favourite moments when Asa Hartford played for Manchester city. now I've given my age away!!!

Pick Me!  pick me!

by Visitor SamRoiYod
‎2017-08-24 07:21 PM


Sammy McIlro'y debit and he scored.

1973 I think!